The beauty of Royal National Park and surrounding areas is uncontested. Nor is the richness of its biodiversity. The Royal National Park was the first formally declared national park for the purpose of protecting a natural area, and signaled the beginning of a whole new phase in public life, nationally and internationally – the invention of national parks, which now cover 17% of the Earth’s terrestrial surface.
The Sutherland Shire Environment Centre is a driving force in the campaign for World Heritage Listing of the Royal National Park and received a Community Heritage and Icons Grant to engage the community in that effort.
WHAT WE DID
Digital Storytellers were engaged by First National Park and Sutherland Shire Environment Centre to facilitate the creation of a community film which celebrates the cultural, environmental and historical significance of the Royal National Park and Royal Reserves and campaigns for its inclusion on the World Heritage List
Digital Storytellers put a call out via social media and local press for community members to volunteer to be involved in the creation of the film. Over 2 weekends in March, 2017, Digital Storytellers organised and ran hands-on filmmaking workshops where volunteers ventured into the park, with Digital Storytellers guidance, to interview park visitors, rangers, local Indigenous community members and local environmental campaigners. They also shot stunning footage of diverse people and iconic places in the Park.
Digital Storytellers gathered this footage to edit into a 3 minute piece which was screened at a community event in April.
The project was complimented with a follow-up film editing workshop following the launch of the film, to enable participants to gain additional film editing skills using footage that they gathered themselves.
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